Since being named the head football coach at Grambling State University, Broderick Fobbs has hit the ground running with recruiting, speaking to student-athletes and assembling a staff.
Fobbs has had to multi-task as he also developed a recruiting plan. With the majority of the staff in place, Fobbs is concentrating on recruiting as he, the coaches and staff, sell his vision for the program to perspective student-athletes.
“We wanted to recruit coaches, we wanted to make sure that they were from different parts of the state of Louisiana,” said Coach Fobbs. “We want to cover every part of the state and make sure we are getting the best student athletes to come to Grambling. It was important that we also found coaches that had the potential to be coordinators here at Grambling. With the way that the coaching industry is, you never know when a coach will earn an opportunity to move on so we wanted to make sure that we brought in coaches that could be promoted within.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Eric Dooley will serve as the offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach. Dooley spent the 2012 campaign at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where he helped the Golden Lions become 1st in rushing and 2nd in total offense in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
“Coach Dooley has a tremendous amount of experience,” said Fobbs “He knows the SWAC, has played in the SWAC and has helped programs such as UAPB get into the top five in total offense, so he will be a tremendous asset.”
Reginald Nelson will lead the offensive line. Nelson worked with Fobbs at McNeese State University. He was a consensus Associated Press All American at McNeese in 1998. Nelson served as the offensive line coach from 2007-2011. During the last two years he coached in the high school ranks.
Former Grambling State University quarterback Kendrick Nord will be over the tight ends and will assist the Tigers recruit the state of Alabama. Last season, Nord served as an assistant coach at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia.
Robert “Mickey” Joseph has been named associate head coach and wide receivers coach for the Tigers. He previously served as head coach at Langston University and was a four-year letterman for the University of Nebraska under coaching legend Tom Osborne. Joseph will assist the Tigers in recruiting south Louisiana.
On the defensive side of the ball, Everett Todd will serve as coordinator and direct the defensive line. Todd served as the defensive line coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe the last four years. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons Todd served in the same capacity at the University of New Mexico.
“It was exciting for me to meet with Coach Todd.” said Fobbs. “After speaking with Coach Todd I knew that I had to have him as part of the staff.”
Nathaniel Brown will serve as the defensive backs coach. He was a graduate assistant under Todd in 2012 and then moved to Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. as the pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2013. Millsaps ended the campaign ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA Division II.
There will be two more staff members that will assist the football team and help the athletic department return to excellence. Grambling State University legend Lee Fobbs will serve as the director of football operations and recruiting coordinator. Lee Fobbs was a standout student-athlete under Grambling State University’s Eddie Robinson, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the division one level. He has served as an assistant coach at Baylor University, the University of Alabama and the University of Minnesota, and has been a head coach in the high school and college ranks. Jarwarski Beckum will direct the student-athletes in the Grambling State University Athletic Department as the strength and conditioning coach. Beckum comes to Tigerland from the University of Alabama. He was a part of the Crimson Tide national championship coaching staff assisting the team with sports performance.
“Now that we have this core together, we can get to work.” said Fobbs. “I’ve had a chance to meet with the student-athletes and let them know that we want 110 percent not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.”
G-MEN’S NEW COACHES
Associate head coach/
Wide Receivers coach
Offensive line coach
Defensive backs coach
Director of football operations
Strength and conditioning coach